Drink driving

Title: Northern Ireland Road Safety Monitor 2014

Organisation: Department for Infrastructure (NI)
Date uploaded: 11th November 2014
Date published/launched: October 2014

This survey is used to monitor the effectiveness of the DOENI's education and advertising strategies, test community support for penalties and enforcement activities, and contributes to road safety policy development.

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This survey is used to monitor the effectiveness of the DOENIís education and advertising strategies, test community support for penalties and enforcement activities, and contributes to road safety policy development.

It is one of a series of research reports looking at attitudes, behaviour and awareness of road safety issues in Northern Ireland. It is commissioned by the DOENI and has been carried out since 1995 by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

The survey found that while a large proportion of respondents (72%) were opposed to drink driving, nevertheless a quarter of all drivers who drink alcohol would still drive after one drink.

There was overwhelming support for imposing the current set of drink drive penalties on those found exceeding newly proposed limits. For learner and restricted drivers exceeding the new lower limit (20mg/100mls), 84% of respondents supported imposing the current set of penalties. Although the same lower limit is proposed for professional drivers, this attracted a higher level of support for using existing penalties (90%). For all other drivers a new lower limit of 50mg/100mls is proposed and just over nine out of every 10 respondents (91%) support the use of existing penalties for drivers caught exceeding this.

Speeding, drinking and driving and careless driving are still considered the three main factors in causing injuries or deaths on Northern Irelandís roads.

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